Welcome to another edition of SB Week in Review! Here’s all the news you might have missed:


  • Exo‘s Chen announced his upcoming marriage and his fiance’s pregnancy through a hand written letter. Some fans reacted better than others to the news — some even going to far as to petition SM to remove him from the group. We at Seoulbeats send our heart-felt congratulations to Chen for this new stage in his life.
  • Bong Joon-ho‘s Parasite was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The Sewol tragedy documentary In the Absence also received a nomination.
  • A judge dismissed a request for the pre-trail detention of Seungri for the second time.
  • The same hacker who targeted Joo Jin-moo and Jang Dong-gun and released incriminating screen caps of their private conversations, is reportedly going after other, unnamed, male actors.

Debuts & Comebacks

  • Zico‘s “Any Song” not only achieved a perfect all kill, but has become a viral dance meme with plenty of celebrities participating. Check out our review here!
  • Taeyeon shared a hopeful message of self love in “Dear Me.”
  • BTS shared the art film “Black Swan” as a pre-release to their February 21 Map of the Soul: 7 album.
    • BTS also announced their global CONNECT, BTS project to bring artists together in five world cities.
  • Solar collaborated with Kassy for the ballad, “This Song is Pretty Old.”

Teasers & Announcements

Other News

  • EXID‘s Hyelin has left Banana Culture Entertainment.
  • A lot of health news this week:
    • Oh My Girl‘s Jiho will be taking a break from group activities to focus on her health.
    • Due to recent anxiety, Monsta X‘s Joohoney will also be taking a health break.
    • VeriVery‘s Minchan sustained a minor head injury on January 13. Jellyfish Entertainment assured that he has received treatment and will be taking time to rest and recover.
    • Red Velvet members have all come down with the flu and will be canceling upcoming schedules.
  • Big Hit might be in the process of acquiring Pledis Entertainment. An official statement released by the company said nothing has been decided yet.

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